By Chibuogwu
Nnadiegbulam
Class
was for 9:30 as usual. Paloma and I were out of our room by 9am and took a
selfie in the elevator, on our way down in anticipation of the first two
quarter finals of the tournament, one of which her team would partake in.
There
were only six Young Reporters left in the tournament; Paloma (Mexico), Veruska
(Venezuela), Pablo (Spain), Christine (Ghana), Masamichi (Japan) and Katie
(England). No Young Reporters representing North Korea and Germany.
Today,
we were all going to Al Zarqa, and it would be for the last time in this
tournament. First up would be Mexico vs Venezuela at 4pm local time before two
European giants in Germany and Spain clash at 7pm.
This
time, some persons were assigned to live tweeting and I was one of those. I
would be tweeting for Germany in their match against Spain. After everyone was
assigned, Martin took over for his session.
He
first likened the social media to a crowded market, where everyone display
their articles in the best possible way to attract people into their websites
or blogs. According to him, we need to be competitive and know who we are
competing against.
Our
special guest today, was FIFA.com writer and Editor, Stephen Sullivan from Glasgow,
Scotland. He has been with FIFA for more than 10 years.
During
his time with us, his Scottish accent did not help most of us, “but I try
sha”. He told us there are usually at least two Editors per stadium to
ensure the quick delivery of match reports and other stories pertaining to the
match.
Their
rapport with team media officers and other journalists across the globe, keeps
them updated with the happenings in FIFA member nations and they offer stories
in five official languages.
Following
the question I asked, he admitted that tracking the football happenings in
Africa can be difficult except they are qualifying matches for the World Cup,
Olympics, AFCON, etc.
After
Sullivan’s session was over, we had over one hour to get ready for our field duties
for the day.
At
the Prince Mohammed International Stadium, the first match saw Venezuela
captain, Deyna Castellanos dazzle us as she led her side to a 2-1 victory over
Mexico to make it to the second semi-final in a row.
In
the build up to the second match, I started my tweeting with a little
background of some players and past meetings between Germany and Spain. Then
the match started (Remember I was tweeting for Germany).
As
the first few minutes unfolded, I noticed a no 17 playing in a red jersey when
there was no no 17 in Spain’s starting 11. And so I thought, “did a player
get injured during the pre-match warm up?” Of course Martin had told us in
class to pay attention to every detail before, during and after a match, I felt
I had hit a jackpot and said I would make further enquiries at half time.
Oh
my! Not until Victor, who was tweeting for Spain came to tell me that an
attempt I had tweeted about was made by Spain and not Germany, did I realize I
have been thinking Spain was Germany and Germany was Spain. That was my
preconceived thought. I have known Germany mostly in their White, and Spain in
their Red but this time it was the other way round and it was just a case of me
falling into a trap I had set for myself.
Well,
Spain defeated Germany 2-1 to progress to the semi-final, while the German
players wept on the pitch for quite a while. It was an emotional scene. Some of
the players wiped their tears and tried to console their team mates.
The
German fans in the stands tried to cheer them up with applause while some still
waved the country’s flag but that could not console them enough.
Then
came the moment that touched me the most when the German players took out a
banner that read “Thank You. Shukran, Jordan. Families + Friends of (the)
German Team.”

 

After
the press conference was done, we went back to our hotel.

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